Russia’s partial mobilization should prompt the West to deploy more troops near its border, Poland’s security chief said.
According to Pawel Soloch, Poland’s top security official, Russia’s announcement of a partial military mobilization is a sign of defeat and does not pose a threat to Poland, but it should be responded to by adding NATO forces to Eastern Europe.
“In connection with this mobilization, we must continue to increase the presence of allies on the eastern flank. This is an additional argument for the deployment of additional NATO forces in the east. Soloch said in an interview with Polsat News program Graffiti on Thursday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on Wednesday that some military reservists will be called up for active duty to assist in the country’s military offensive in Ukraine.
The measure is necessary because Russian forces are not only facing Ukraine itself, but also Ukraine “the entire western war machine” Putin objected.
Soloch, who heads Poland’s National Security Bureau, called Russia’s move proof of Putin “create” and questioned the Russian Defense Ministry’s ability to draft 300,000 people as it plans to do.
When asked whether the increase in the number of Russian troops does not harm Poland’s security, he replied that it does not. But “Ukrainians may feel the effects of this mobilization in a few weeks,” Soloch added.
A Polish official branded Putin’s speech announcing the news a rhetorical escalation of the conflict with the West, citing “a very vague threat of using a nuclear weapon.”
The Russian president said Russia would not hesitate to use any means at its disposal if attacked with nuclear or other weapons of mass destruction. The warning was directed at unnamed high-ranking officials from NATO countries, who, according to Putin, argued that the use of nuclear weapons against Russia was acceptable.
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